Last year sometime, spring maybe? I bought Mary Berry’s 100 Cakes and Bakes book. I really haven’t had time to bake anything in months but I did make this over the holidays and I thought it might be nice to write a post after a long hiatus!
I loved how bright and colorful the ingredients were when I was making this. And, I think blanching the almonds was my favorite part of the process! I had no idea that boiling almonds for just a minute would make their skins rub off so easily. It was very neat!
This was a very thick batter and I remember cooking it for about 2 hours in the oven on 325°. It was confusing to check for done-ness as I could have poked a pineapple chunk and got the toothpick wet from that rather than from undone batter.
I baked my Fruit Cake in a 9″ cake pan. I lined the bottom with parchment and buttered the sides. It came out fairly easily, just a bit of loss on the sides where the knife got caught on chunks of fruit.
I really learned from this that the pieces of fruit need to be small. They aren’t joking when they say that on the Great British Baking Show! My large pieces were on the bottom with the others mostly in the middle. Not an even distribution in my opinion. Also, as I could not find sultanas as the recipe called for, I used raisins. I don’t think I would do that again. The taste of the raisins was a bit strong for me.
I gave the remaining Fruit Cake to my Grandma after Christmas dinner. She said she liked it a lot but I’m not sure what else a Grandma would say in that circumstance. I think I’ll definitely try this again in the future though. I like the concept of Fruit Cake at least!
Quick picture of my Christmas 2017 dinner before going out to the dinning table. I made a lot less than I would have at the request of everyone!
My vegetarian Christmas dinner was: Meatless Loaf, Vegetable Pot Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy (homemade), Crescent Rolls (not homemade). For dessert we had the Fruit Cake, and frozen pies …. my husband would not let me make homemade pies! Something about spending 20+ on Thanksgiving dinner + dessert made him put his foot down. I’m only serving 6 people ><
I really hope I can post here more! I have my new career starting this month and I’ll be moving/commuting for the foreseeable future. Added to some unfortunate family issues we’re facing means all of the future is unpredictable! Staying positive though! Will try to post when I can =)